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BOATING EXPERIENCES

 

There are many ways to enjoy the Murray River, Lake Urana or Lake Mulwala when you visit the Corowa region.

 

 

The Yarrawonga Weir was built to raise the water level in the Murray River to ensure diversion of water via gravity. Diversion of water is via two major channels, the Mulwala Canal and the Yarrawonga Main Channel. The Mulwala Canal is 2,880 kilometres long and is the largest irrigation canal in the southern hemisphere, spreading across the southern Riverina plain to Deniliquin and suppling water to 700,000 hectares. The Yarrawonga Main Channel is 957km long and services the Murray Valley irrigation region, from Yarrawonga to Barmah. It supplies water to 128,000 hectares.

 

Lake Mulwala Facts
Storage capacity = 117,500 mega litres (1/4 of Sydney Harbour)
Area = 4,450 hectares
Length = 489 metres
Distance from Murray source = 528 km
Distance from Murray mouth = 1,992 km
Full supply above river bed = 14.2 metres
Full supply above sea level = 124.9 metres

 

Lake Mulwala still provides a critical role in the supply of irrigation water and it remains the largest single diversion point for irrigation water on the entire Murray River. However, the lake is now much more than simple water storage, and it has transformed the twin towns of Yarrawonga and Mulwala into very popular holiday destinations with a booming tourism industry. The lake is a recreational haven for a myriad of water-based activities including water skiing, wakeboarding, boating, fishing, swimming, sailing and wind surfing.

Tour the waters on a traditional cruise boat or hire a pontoon bbq boat where you can take your time enjoying the stunning scenery and a good cook up on the barbie! Or you may choose to bring along your kayak or hire a canoe on the lake and take the kids out for a leisurely paddle.

Windsurfing lessons are available on the lake for those looking for a challenge, and once you have mastered the art you can hire out the equipment and go it alone! 

For something a little less adventurous but equally pleasant, you can launch your own boat at one of the many river access points and simply enjoy the water at your own pace.

The region is home to a number of rowing clubs, all of which have a long and successful history. The Corowa Rowing Club was established in 1863 and is located at Rower’s Park in Corowa along with the Wagunyah Rowing Club. Stop by the clubs when your enjoying the riverfront, sit back and watch the boats glide past while its members train. You might even be invited to step inside the sheds to see the clubs rich history proudly displayed on its walls.

Today the region plays host to the longest running rowing regatta in the country, the Lake Moodemere Rowing Regatta. Held annually at Lake Moodemere in January, the regatta attracts hundreds of rowers from around the country for two jam-packed days of sprint and long course events.

 

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